Chester is a genuine Roman city, built four-square, within walls, which remain to this day.
This place is situated in a pretty spot under Overton Hill. It has a fine old Norman church (from which there is a good view), grammar school graving dock, an old castle given by Edward I, to Llewellyn’s brother David, for the betrayal of which he was executed. It was burnt in 1642. It has a population of 1,869, employed in the salt works. Here died T. Hough, aged 141 years; and its inhabitants are celebrated for their longevity.
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The situation of this town from a distance is very imposing, lying as it does on the side of a rocky eminence, the top of which is crowned with the ruins of a castle founded in the reign of Edward I.
Llangollen lies in the hollow of the Dee, and being the first glimpse of peculiar mountain scenery, it is indebted to this as much as to its own character for the celebrity it enjoys.